The magnificent and remote archipelago of Myeik (or Mergui) lies in the Andaman Sea off the southern coast of Myanmar. To visit these extraordinary islands, that will have to participate in a guided tour and remain mostly unknown to tourists, which is a big part of their appeal. Indeed, many of them are only inhabited by a colourful fauna.
It is composed of more than 800 islands ranging in size from the smallest with only a few palm trees to the largest islands of several hundred square kilometers. The archipelago offers excellent opportunities for exploration and diving among spectacular marine life and coral reefs intact, with yachts and cruise ships designed for this purpose.
It’s not just the landscape (underwater or over water) that makes the Mergui Archipelago a fascinating place to visit: the Moken people, also known as the Gypsies of the sea. They are one of the most distinct of the many ethnic groups in Myanmar, living here a nomadic life, based on the sea. After adjusting to water for thousands of years, they are the masters of freediving, able to focus their vision underwater and hold their breath much longer than most humans.